We tend to get a little excited when gorgeous weddings come our way. That goes without saying. So, when we first spotted this breathtaking number captured by J.W. Baugh Photography, it was crazy excitement from the very first beautiful image. Because when an uber-stunning duo, Stonebrook Hall at Amber Springs and the fab stylings of A Style Collective team up for a rustic chic soiree, that’s a recipe for some serious pretty – AND the perfect combo for a pretty awesome Monday. See it all here.
And a breathtaking film from Bella Vista Productions to cap it all off…
From the Bride… When Steven proposed last October at my family’s ranch in Southwest Texas, I could hardly wait to start planning our dream wedding. Steven and I dated for nearly four years before he proposed, but he took me completely off guard when he popped the question in front of my entire family on a bluff overlooking the ranch. As soon as we were engaged, we started looking for the perfect rustic venue to host our “shabby-chic” wedding. After searching the Houston area, we decided to use Stonebrook Hall at Amber Springs as our venue.
After our engagement, we started scouring antique stores around Texas for blue mason jars, lace doilies, crocheted table cloths, brooches and a variety of vintage knick-knacks. We stopped in nearly every antique mall or vintage store that we passed, so to me it felt like a treasure hunt! I knew that I wanted a mixture of lace, rustic wood and sparkle for the décor, so we started putting together our vision to bring all of those elements and textures together. We decided on a palette of Tiffany blue, cream, burlap and natural wood as our inspiration. My wonderful mother, Lynn, was instrumental during this process, as she began crafting up a storm, creating craft paper flowers to display behind our cake table, putting together my brooch bouquet, helping to piece together chandeliers that would be hung in our venue and making every guest’s place card. We purchased 10 old doors to use as backdrops during the reception and had one Tiffany blue door converted to our cake table. My brooch bouquet was a mixture of family heirlooms and antique-store finds, and each of my bridesmaids carried a vintage brooch on their bouquet. I also carried tiny photos of each of our grandparents who had passed away on my bouquet, so they could be with us and watch over us as we were joined in marriage. Our “guest book” was actually a wooden bench that we had made and plan to use in our new home, along with most of the other things that we collected for our special day.
We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony, but also wanted it to feel like we were getting married in an old white-washed church. One of my best friends from childhood is a pastor in the Woodlands, so it was very special to have him be our officiant. One of the things that Steven was most excited about wearing were the custom Meyer boots I had made for him for his wedding present. They were made out of ostrich skin and calf leather from an ostrich that I shot a few years ago in Africa. After the ceremony, I changed out of my heels and into a matching pair of ostrich boots before we danced the night away. Steven’s favorite dessert is banana pudding, so instead of having a groom’s cake, a few of Steven’s aunts made homemade banana pudding for him and served it in small mason jars. Carlos Gomez, an incredible chef and family friend, flew in from Washington, D.C. to cook the venison, elk, and axis deer steaks that Steven and I harvested. The ladies with A Style Collective were so wonderful in helping refine our vision, and they brought a few linen wingback chairs and a gorgeous tufted Tiffany blue couch for our guests to lounge on during our cocktail hour. We chose a margarita with South Texas prickly pear syrup as our cocktail, along with a selection of beer and wine. Instead of using round tables during the reception, we rented 25 wooden farmhouse tables that A Style Collective had constructed. We wanted everything to feel “family style,” so the farmhouse tables and open buffet helped us create a level of comfort for each of our guests. Steven and I love to dance, and our wonderful band, The Drywater Band, kept everyone on the dance floor all night. We were so sad to see such a beautiful day come to an end, but after jumping into our getaway car, a Tiffany blue 1956 Packard, we couldn’t wait for the rest of our lives to begin.
Wedding Photography: J.W. Baugh Photography / Wedding Venue: Stonebrook Hall at Amber Springsin Houston, Texas / Floral Design: Danell Fields (832-776-4407 / email@example.com) / Event Design, Farmhouse Table, Vintage Prop Rentals + Custom Ceremony Backdrop: A Style Collective / Wedding Cinematography: Bella Vista Productions / Catering: Carlos Gomez / Bar Service: Traci Tini Bar Service / Wedding Cake: Finale By Glenna / Wedding Invitations: Invitation Solutions / Wedding Program Fans: Woodlark Designs / Ceremony Music: Divisi Strings / Reception Entertainment: The Drywater Band / Wedding Dress: Allure Couture via The Princess Bridal / Bride’s Heels: Manolo Blahnik “Sedaraby” / Custom Boots: Meyer Custom Boots (713-864-3808) / Hair + Makeup: The Perfect Face / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters via Brickhouse Bridal / Men’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank